The final version of the “omnibus” spending bill was released on Wednesday with approximately 52 hours to spare before a government shutdown will occur unless a bill can be passed.
Should you be happy about the proposed bill?
That depends upon whether you are a Democrat or a Republican.
If you are a member of the Republican Party you will quickly see from the relatively small amount of information that has been released about this $1.3 trillion, “Obamacare” size (2,232 pages) bill that it appears to favor the Democrats and gives President Donald Trump very little of what he is seeking.
For instance, the bill does not include a provision for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) as Trump was hoping it would.
The reason is very simple why the provision was not included in the bill. The Democrats want to use DACA as part of their talking points against the GOP in the upcoming midterm elections. If DACA were resolved, the Dems couldn’t use it to slam the GOP as “racists.”
The bill also does not give Trump what he wanted to fund the border wall.
Trump had asked for $1.6 billion for constructing 74 miles of border wall, with an extra $1.1 billion for technology and other assets.
Instead, the bill calls for $1.57 billion for barriers along the border but none of the money will be spent to purchase the new prototypes Trump recently viewed during his trip to California.
The money will also be used to fund approximately 33 miles of new construction in the San Diego area and repair about 60 miles of existing border walls which will most likely be like putting a “band aid” on crumbling “walls.”
What else did Trump lose?
Thanks to pro-immigrant negotiators, Trump won’t be able to hire new Border Patrol and immigration enforcement agents as he planned.
Does the bill give Trump anything he requested?
The GOP will get $80 billion for the Pentagon bringing the military budge to over $700 billion.
In addition, $2 billion would be allocated to train school officials and law enforcement officers on “hot to identify signs of potential violence and intervene early, install metal detectors and take other steps to “harden” schools to prevent violence.
Does this mean also that teachers and other school staff could use this funding to receive firearms training? If it does, it doesn’t appear to specifically include it.
How will the Second Amendment be impacted?
The “Fix NICS” measure which will improve federal background checks will receiving funding if the bill passes.
The measure would give funds to states for the purpose of complying with existing the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. It would penalize federal agencies that don’t comply.
And the Democrats? What did they give up in the negotiations for the bill?
Not much it seems.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wanted money for a rail tunnel under the Hudson River.
Those on the Left are ALWAYS interested in pushing mass transit on the American public but Trump had vowed to veto any bill that set aside money for the rail tunnel.
However, a Schumer aide says the rail tunnel is likely to receive about half of the $900 million sought for the project this year in other federal funding.
At this point, I see nothing that would convince the GOP that they scored a victory with Wednesday’s “omnibus” bill.
And, if it isn’t already obvious that the GOP will give up more than they will win should the bill pass in its current form, this statement by Schumer should convince you.
“Every bill takes compromise, and there was plenty here, but at the end of the day we Democrats feel very good because so many of our priorities for the middle class were included.”
When the Democrats are this happy, you can be assured that the GOP “caved” once again.
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